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Function and Form: The Glass Portfolio of Catherine Hart


A stained glass panel in green and crystal colourationSummer Garden

Catherine Hart is a stained glass artist who works largely on private commissions, creating glass work for windows and wall-hanging panels. Catherine’s works expertly combine function and form, using sparing, contained planes of colour and sculptural elements.


A stained glass window with pink panelsBright Hope

 

In our previous feature of Catherine’s work, we looked at the way the artist finds beauty in everyday life. It seems fitting that the artist’s…

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Studio Sunday: Rana Begum

A photo of Rana Begum at work in her studio

 

Rana Begum was born in Bangladesh and now lives and works in London, England. The artist is known for her colourful geometric artworks that draw on patterns and shapes found in traditional Islamic art and architecture.

 

Rana’s studio looks like a very productive space -- It also looks beautifully clean. The artist’s style of working seems to lend itself to a kind of mass production, like the small pieces pictured here that use…

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Studio Sunday: Michael Arntz


A photo of Michael Arntz working on a pottery piece in his studio

 

Ceramic sculptor Michael Arntz is our Studio Sunday feature this week! Arntz is best known for creating ceramic artworks on a monumental scale, building artistic compositions from massive amounts of clay. The artist is best known for his monumental artworks that combine architectural forms with those more organically-inspired.   

 

Arntz shares a studio space with Penny Arntz, though it looks like the space pictured above is…

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Intersectional Elements: The Art Portfolio of Wynne Palmer


A photo of a wooded pathUntitled

Wynne Palmer is an interdisciplinary and media artist located in Vancouver, BC. The artist works in a wide variety of media, but tends to incorporate intersectional elements of technology and nature into many of her pieces.


A distorted digital image of Elvis Prestleyelvis has left the building 1.0

 

In our previous feature of Wynne’s works, we looked at the way the artist uses her varied electronic and film-based media to delve into social and psychological…

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Building Atmosphere: An Art Portfolio by Sydney Shen


A sculptural artwork made from metal[DATA EXPUNGED], steel, aluminum

Artist Sydney Shen creates room-sized installations and smaller, sculptural works that focus on asking questions and building atmosphere.


A sculpture made with a chair and some ropeMidnight Game, chair, rope, honey, doorknob, wax

 

I love the way that Shen incorporates fine details in her work. While each work is constructed in a manner that emphasizes the finer points, the artist goes to interesting lengths to reward the viewer for looking up…

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Dancers in Motion: An Art Portfolio by Luis Pons

A photo of a ballerina dancing in the forestWashington Ballet Ballerina Peyton Anderson

Luis Pons is a photographer who works with dancers to create an aesthetic that captures the best of both art forms. Luis’ photographs depict dancers in motion amid unexpected but oddly fitting backdrops, from natural expanses to city streets.


A photo of a balleina dancing near a frozen lakeBallerina Alexandra Jacobs

 

I really enjoy the way Luis is able to integrate his subjects into these seemingly disparate backgrounds. The dancers are…

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Dense Florals: The Photography Portfolio of Leslie Ellen Lewis


A photo of white flowers blooming on a treeFirst Blooms, April 2018

Leslie Ellen Lewis is a photographer who captures dense florals and foliage, creating images that, from a distance, could be paintings or even textiles. The artist’s works often embrace a slightly subdued colour palette and use branching patterns and reflection to add visual layers.


A photograph of a dense floral fieldTapestry at the Inn

I really enjoy Leslie’s photographs of flowers, trees, and nature scenes. Many of the artist’s photographs…

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Elements of Abstraction: A Portfolio by Amy D Graham


A mixed media artwork with blue and green tonesUntitled

Amy D. Graham is a Massachusetts-based artist who specializes in still-life and figurative paintings, combining these compositional styles with a soft, often pastel colour palette and elements of abstraction and mixed media.


A mixed media artwork with bright, childlike coloursUntitled

I’m impressed by Amy’s ability to widely vary her style. This ability is especially interesting when the artist puts it into practice creating a series of works that focus on the same subject…

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Connection to Nature: The Portfolio of Michael McEwing


A painting of an overgrown floodplain in autumnFall Floodplain, oil on canvas

New Brunswick painter and artist Michael McEwing uses his practice as a way to explore and express a connection to nature. The artist’s works are often inspired by hiking, kayaking, climbing, and other outdoor activities, and showcase an eye for detail and an appreciation for green space.


A painting of a frozen waterfall on a forested cliffFrozen Falls, Ministers Face, oil on canvas

 

I really love the bright, lush aesthetic that Michael achieves in his…

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Gestural Methods: Art by Noah NJ Bowman


An abstract painting with reference to bodily formsUntitled (Body Politics), acrylic on canvas

Noah NJ Bowman is a painter who specializes in painting on a large scale with wild, gestural methods of mark-making. The artist’s paintings are abstract and utilize a colour palette that ranges from saturated primary hues to deep Earth tones.


An abstracted painting made with blue tonesFixation, acrylic on canvas

 

I enjoy the way the artist uses a variety of different mark-making styles on each canvas. Many works combine fine,…

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Studio Sunday: Milla Eastwood


A photo of Milla Eastwood working in her studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Milla Eastwood. Eastwood is an artist based in Brixton, London, known for abstract paintings that use a bright and varied colour palette. The artist’s works often incorporate not only planes of bright colour and occasional line-art, but pieces of painted canvas that have been cut and pasted in a collage-like fashion.

 

Seeing the artist sitting on the floor like this gives me the impression…

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Studio Sunday: Joel Shapiro


A photo of sculptor Joel Shapiro in his studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday feature is Sculptor Joel Shapiro. Shapiro, an American artist, is best known for his works that utilize relatively uniform rectangular shapes to build up dynamic figures and compositions.

 

Shapiro began to receive critical acclaim for his works in the 1970s and 80s, and much of his work reflects the aesthetics of minimalism, an art movement that came to prominence in the mid 20th century in America, and…

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Urban Scenes: An Art Portfolio by Shawn Demarest


A painting of a rainy street on an overcast dayPowell Paint, oil and graphite on panel

Shawn Demarest’s painting portfolio focuses on urban scenes, viewed through rain-coated or fogged windshields and windows. The artist’s works seem to paradoxically offer a sense of warmth by showcasing stormy, snowy, and chilly scenes as something seen through a protective barrier.


A painting of a city street with carsSE Stark, oil on panel

 

I really like seeing the contrast between daytime and nighttime scenes in Shawn’s…

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The Performance Art Portfolio of Monique Blom


A photo of a live performance with artists dressed as chefsMeating the Challenge, durational participatory performance at Nuit Blanche YXE 2017 (collaboration with Arantxa Araujo)

Monique Blom is an artist who works in mixed media and performance art. In her performance practice, Blom address social and political issues, using her own body -- in addition to the physical settings and spaces where her performances take place -- to send a message.


A performance piece with the artist standing in a field in a white dressSewing Death, durational participatory performance…

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The Storyboard and Concept Design Portfolio of Alan Wade


A digital drawing of a man on a bikePharma

Alan Wade is an illustrator who works in film and advertising, creating storyboard and concept design work for commercials and other short pieces of media. Based in London, Alan has worked with a variety of companies in the United States and the U.K.


A concept sketch for a headache medication advertisementPharma -- Headache RX

 

It’s really fascinating to look through Alan’s storyboards and see how a commercial or TV spot comes together. The artist’s drawings are gestural, but…

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